A man of Petauke district in Eastern Province has been sent to 40 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement by the Chipata High Court.
Facts before the court were that Sydney Chilambwe on May 25, 2017 had canal knowledge of a minor below the age of 16 contrary to the laws of Zambia.Chilambwe was committed to the high court for sentencing after being convicted by the Magistrate Court.
In mitigation, Chilabwe through Senior Legal Aid Counsel John Phiri said he was a first offender who was remorseful and regretted committing the offence.In sentencing Chilambwe, High Court Judge Conceptor Zulu said she had considered what was said in mitigation but that the offence that Chilambwe committed is a serious one.
She then sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment with hard labour effective from the date of his arrest.
Meanwhile, a man of Chipata district has been sent to 11 years imprisonment for trafficking in psychotropic substances.
Facts before the court were that, Isaac Phiri on March 21, 2018 did traffic in psychotropic substances namely marijuana weighing 1.8kg without lawful authority contrary to the laws of Zambia.
In mitigation, Phiri through Senior Legal Aid Counsel John Phiri said he was a second offender who readily pleaded guilty which was a sign of remorse.In passing sentence, Judge Zulu said he had considered what was said in mitigation but took note that the convict was a second offender who was in 2017 convicted by the Chipata Magistrate Court for a similar offence.
She then sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment with hard labour effective from the date of his arrest.